Piano Spheres 23rd season is entitled, “Deconstructions: the Leonard Stein Centenary Season.” “Deconstruction” in contemporary usage refers to a critical dismantling of tradition and traditional modes of thought. In the Piano Spheres sense, we refer to the dismantling of the traditional piano repertoire and the piano recital. Inspired by the exploring and visionary mind of Piano Spheres founder, Leonard Stein, we will celebrate his genius and generous mentorship as a catalyst to exploration. With Mark Robson’s selections from Stockhausen’s Klang, guest artist Aron Kallay’s explorations in microtonality and multi-media in his program “I’m worried now… but, I won’t be worried long;” Susan Svrček and guest artist Nelson Ojeda-Valdez’ two-piano version of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring and Barcodes by Frederick Lesemann; Vicki Ray’s presentation of her “Dream Teams” with microtonality, multiple pianos and percussion, plus other works requiring multiple players and multiple composers, and finally to Satellite artists Hocket Piano Duo’s program for two pianos by mostly Los Angeles composers, Piano Spheres new season will truly offer the “Spheres” of pianism.
The 2016-17 season is located in the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theatre (REDCAT) in Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Concert Hall. Dates: TBA shortly
Piano Spheres joins with the worldwide community
in mourning the loss of
who passed away on February 14, 2016.
Steve was last here at Piano Spheres for the world premiere of his much-anticipated Sonata, which was a Piano Spheres commission, on April 21, 2015. He came early to participate in a special gathering to preview the new work.
Here are some of our memories.
Clockwise from top, at the home of Don and Megan Davis: Steve considering a question, Sonata score, Steve and Gloria talking to the crowd, with his wife Kristen Frey, Steve and Gloria Cheng consulting.
To Kristen and all of Steve’s family, colleagues and friends,
our hearts go out to you in this terribly sad time.
All photos by Carlos Rodriguez.
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Piano Spheres also gratefully acknowledges support from the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation.